Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Arkansas dominant late
Arkansas' Jonathan Williams (32) cuts behind the block of Julian Horton (2) against Southern Miss defenders in the 4th quarter during their game Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas has held the ball for 36 minutes, 52 seconds of combined fourth quarter play this season.
The Razorbacks held the ball for 13 minutes, 7 seconds of Saturday's fourth quarter, finishing off a 24-3 win over Southern Miss at Razorback Stadium. Arkansas ran 20 offensive plays during the quarter of which 19 were runs.
In three games, the Razorbacks have called 56 run plays in the fourth quarter to only three passes. During one stretch, Arkansas called 40 consecutive run plays in the quarter spanning the first to third games of the season.
The Razorbacks didn't pass the ball in a 31-21 win over Samford last week, holding the ball for the game's final 7 minutes, 35 seconds. The Hogs rushed for 163 yards in the final quarter last week and 78 yards on Saturday.
Arkansas has been aided by solid defensive play in the final period. The Razorbacks forced a pair of three-and-outs last week and one in Southern Miss' only full possession of the quarter.
Louisana-Lafayette, Samford and Southern Miss combined for 78 yards total offense in the fourth quarter on 26 plays.